Beginning in 2009, and with the ongoing support of the READ Trust Fund, the World Bank and the Governing Board of OECD’s PISA have been working together to find ways to adapt the PISA tests so that low-income countries can more readily benefit from them. As a result of this collaboration, a new reading component skills assessment was developed and made available as an international option for the PISA 2012 survey, of which both Poland and Peru were able to avail. In 2013, OECD announced a new initiative – PISA for Development. Through this initiative, OECD is piloting a modified version of the current PISA, one in which certain enhancements have been made for the developing country context. After initial discussions, six countries were selected to participate in the pilot: Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Senegal, and Zambia. READ Trust Fund support was used to finance a number of a key activities to launch the initiative, including hosting technical workshops, conducting capacity needs analyses and developing capacity building plans for participating countries, and producing two high-level reports.

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